The Raven (1935) – Film

“The Raven”

Movie #1: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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I decided to kick off this year’s challenge with this film, inspired by Poe’s classic story and brought to life by the estimable talents of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff.  Though this version does not hold up very well, it does have some fine and haunting scenes.  Especially when held up to the outstanding interpretation years later which Karloff did with Vincent Price.    Still, these classic films are always worth watching.  It’s like a domino effect, you watch one, then you need to find another from the same period, and pretty soon you’ve immersed yourself in every Poe inspired film or film starring Lugosi and Karloff made in the 1930’s.  A worthwhile way to spend time during our favorite horror themed month, indeed.

Lord of Illusions (1995) – Film

“Lord of Illusions” -Director’s Cut

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31 Days of Horror Challenge: Movie #29

While on a simple insurance scam case in L.A., New York private investigator Harry D’Amour happens across members of a cult who are trying to resurrect their leader, a magician known as The Puritan.  13 years prior, The Puritan was killed and bound by a small group of former followers, lead by his very apt pupil, now world famous illusionist, Phillip Swann.  D’Amour, a regular guy with a knack who is drawn to the dark side, is hired by Swann’s wife, Dorothea, to protect Swann after one of their friends is murdered.  D’Amour’s investigation, and unique insight, draw him into the mysterious world of illusions and the dangerous world of magic. Continue reading

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) – Film

“10 Cloverfield Lane”

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31 Days of Horror 2016: Movie #3

A woman, Michelle, is in a car accident and wakes up chained to a wall and locked in a room, once unlocked she discovers that her captor, Howard, is also the one who saved her after her car accident. Her captor/savior (who, according to his friend, is a huge conspiracy theorist) and his friend/handyman, Emmett, explain that there has been some sort of bomb and that the air outside is now toxic. She still doesn’t trust him, but discovers for herself when a woman, whose skin appears to be melting, arrives at the door demanding assistance. After a rough start, they find a level of comfort with each other in the shelter, until Michelle discovers a suspicious message, and realizes that sometimes first impressions are actually right.

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Reaper (2000) – Film

“Reaper”

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Crime drama/horror writer, Luke Sinclair takes a trip to a small town to work on his latest book.  However, after he arrives, he becomes a person of interest when a dead girl is found in the woods with a page of his most recent book, The Reaper, next to her.  The murder just as the page describes.   The local sheriff and a detective who specializes in sex crimes, confer with Sinclair, they must find out who killed the girl and stop him before he kills again. Continue reading

Claudia Qui (2012) – Film

“Claudia Qui”

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This is a thought provoking, creative, artistic piece of film making which explores the subtleties of what happens to artist and photographer, Claudia Piovani, after an experience which seduces and possesses her.   Continue reading

The Italian Zombie Movie (2010) – Film

“The Italian Zombie Movie – Part 1 Zombie Abomination”

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 “The Italian Zombie Movie – Part 2 Zombie Atrocity”

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Bruno, a special forces veteran, his brother’s psychic widow, a succubus, her idiot boyfriend, a pair of aliens and the Michigan Militia join together to battle zombies reanimated due to  a secret military experimental inoculation.  Continue reading

Thale (2012) – Film

“Thale”

#13 of the 31 days of horror challenge.  (These reviews will be more raw due to the nature of the challenge.)

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Two crime scene cleaners, Leo and Elvis, discover a hidden basement during a routine job.  Full of unusual equipment and recording of the man who lived there, they also find a lovely young woman hiding.  While waiting for assistance to arrive, they attempt to discover who she is… and what. Continue reading

Eternal (2004) – Film

“Eternal”

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Detective Raymond Pope discovers his wife is missing.  As he learns where she went and tries to discover what happened, he meets the mysterious and seductive Elizabeth Kane.  Pope soon finds himself drawn into something deeply sinister and his own questionable morals being used against him. Continue reading